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By Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

A significant other to the background of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary ways to language learn. the 1st textual content to supply an entire survey of the sector, this quantity offers the main updated insights of major foreign scholars.

  • An obtainable connection with the heritage of the English language
  • Comprises greater than sixty essays written by means of top overseas scholars
  • Aids literature scholars in incorporating language examine into their work
  • Includes an historic survey of the English language, from its Germanic and Indo- ecu beginnings to fashionable British and American English
  • Enriched with maps, diagrams, and illustrations from historic publications
  • Introduces the newest scholarship within the field

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H. (1928). Modern English in the Making. New York: Appleton. McLaughlin, J. C. (1970). Aspects of the History of English. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Marsh, G. P. (1885 [1862]). Lectures on the English Language. Revd. edn. New York: Scribner’s. Mätzner, E. (1880–5 [1860–5]). Englische Grammatik. 3 vols. 3rd edn. Berlin: Weidmann. Matthews, D. (2000). The Invention of Middle English: An Anthology of Primary Sources. Turnhout: Brepols. Millward, C. M. (1996 [1989]). A Biography of the English Language.

A final chapter on “The 14 Thomas Cable English Language in America” is approximately in its chronological order, although the English settlement of the American continent and the colonial history, of course, reach back to periods already treated in British English. Pyles (1964) used much the same format with a core of chapters for the major periods in the center of the book, preceded and followed by chapters on topics of special interest to the author – two chapters on letters and sounds after the introductory chapter and three chapters on words after the six chronological chapters.

In the long history of liberal arts education, therefore, monolingualism is more an exception than the norm. Today HEL provides students of English with an opportunity to develop a new perspective on the language. When given a text written in pre-Chaucerian Middle 6 Michael Matto and Haruko Momma English or Gullah, for instance, we must approach the language not as an instrument for study but as an object of study itself. Texts written in either of these varieties of English require careful analysis, because the language, though called English, is distant and unfamiliar.

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